Updated: Peebles man facing murder charge; bond set at $2 million


An 83-year-old Peebles man has been charged in the Wednesday shooting death of a woman in Brown County who was reportedly his former girlfriend.

John Roger Crum, of 1323 Portsmouth Road, Peebles, has been charged with one count of aggravated murder and one count of murder.

Crum appeared Friday in Brown County Municipal Court where his bond was set at $2 million cash or surety. If he posts bond, he will be required to wear an ankle monitor, a court spokesperson said, adding that he was also ordered to have no contact with several people.

At 10:29 a.m. Wednesday the Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an unresponsive female who had been found at 5969 Ripley Day Hill Road, Ripley. Upon arrival at the scene, the body of Marsha Thigpen, 62, was located beside a pickup truck that was registered in her name, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Members of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Drugs and Major Crimes Task Force, and Brown County Coroner’s Office responded and processed the scene.

The sheriff’s office said it received forensic information on Thursday confirming that the cause of Thigpen’s death was a gunshot wound to the head.

The wound is consistent with the type of wound caused by a small caliber firearm, the news release said.

Crum was arrested as a result of information gained during the investigation.

According to the sheriff’s office, Crum was reportedly a previous boyfriend of Thigpen.

Crum’s next scheduled court date is at 1 p.m. Aug. 25 for a preliminary hearing in Brown County Municipal Court.

The investigation into the incident continues. The news release said anyone with information regarding the incident should call the Brown County Sheriff’s Office at 937-378-4435.

Reach Jeff Gilliland at 937-402-2522 or [email protected].

Peebles man charged in woman’s death

By Jeff Gilliland

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